Miami isn’t the only city in the Sunshine state with a lively nightclub scene; Orlando comes alive at night as well. If you’re in town for a meeting, you won’t have to travel far to hit Orlando’s nightclub scene, either. Check out some of these Orange County Convention Center-area clubs to experience a taste of Orlando’s exciting nightlife.
The perfect remedy for the sweltering Florida heat, ICEBAR is home to the largest permanent bar made of ice in the world. Fifty tons of carved ice, including ice seats and ice sculptures, create a makeshift Arctic wonderland that doubles as a vodka lover’s paradise. With the bar’s temperature fixed at a bone-chilling 27 degrees, guests are advised to visit the bar in 45-minute intervals, and are outfitted with thermal jackets and scarves before entering. If accomplishing something other than frostbite in those 45 minutes is your goal, try one of ICEBAR’s Penguin Pizz drinks -- a creative, ever-changing
Sharing its I-Drive space with ICEBAR, Fire Lounge is designed to warm up bar-goers after their ICEBAR adventure. Fire Lounge is one of the Orlando area’s hottest nightclubs, with DJ Sher Khan spinning tunes to keep people partying till the wee hours of the night. Along with its colorful light show, Fire Lounge offers a full-service bar, VIP areas and bottle service.
Tucked away in the Rosen Plaza Hotel, Backstage is a high-energy nightclub that puts on some of Orlando’s finest theme nights and live music. With parties ranging from ’80s night to ladies’ night, Backstage has something going on 7 nights a week. Featuring nightly drink specials, bottle service and VIP areas, the versatile club attracts a hip crowd of both locals and tourists. The venue also doubles as a viable option for viewing major sporting events with a collection of 6 50-inch HD televisions.
Every Thursday through Saturday, Latin Quarter turns into Orlando’s most popular Latin club. Visitors from all over the world flock to Orlando’s Universal CityWalk venue to show off their best salsa and merengue dance moves -- and to bear witness to the impressive spectacle on the Latin Quarter patio. Fueled by top salsa and reggaeton music, the dancing routinely goes all night long, alongside a full-service bar that lets patrons refresh with tasty Latin-inspired drinks including mojitos, sangria and daiquiris.
Short for luxury, Lux lives up to its name by providing a swanky nightclub experience fully equipped with live DJs, VIP tables and bottle service. Equal parts dance club and ultra-lounge, Lux accommodates people who want to dance the night away or just sit back and pop bottles. It’s not uncommon for club promoters to plan specialty nights, including white parties for LGBT communities, bottles and bikini parties, as well as the very popular Carnival-style soca raves.